There were eight great spiritual revivals recorded in the Old Testament - one each under Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Asa, Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The significance here is that each of these revivals were centered around the Word of God. The first example is based on the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai. "Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient." (Exodus 24:7) The last example was under Nehemiah. "And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshipped the Lord their God." (Nehemiah 9:3) So, we think we have to be out of church by noon, and these folks read the Word for six-hours and confessed and worshipped for another six-hours. Analysis of all these examples of revival will reveal that they were based on reception and acceptance of God's Word.
The Book of Nehemiah goes on to talk about how the Levites read from the Book clearly and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. In other words thay taught the people and they understood. Nehemiah 8:9 says - "For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law." Therefore a full understanding of the Word bring people to confession and repentance.
There were of course other ingredients in these revivals, but the Word of God was the foundation, and there can be no true and lasting revival without the Word. That is why it is so importantin our day, when the need for revival is so desperate, that we first get back to serious study of the Holy Scriptures, believing and obeying all that is written therin.
Study of God's Word can be done in many ways, but one of the best ways to learn is in group study - Sunday School, and small groups. Join one today! Come join us at the Chapel at 9:30 AM every Sunday morning, or if you are still staying isolated join us live on FaceBook or YouTube.
God Bless, and Happy New Year,
Rev. Robert Read